Sunday, July 15, 2012
In the U.S. Airline Industry Museum
There's enough verbal history between those three that it makes me wonder if I shouldn't go ahead and invest in one more camera, the Olympus E-M5, and use that to video a verbal history of the three, starting with Capt. Brown. Capt. Brown is remarkably lucid and sharp as a tack, as well as being a gracious gentleman. And when I say gracious gentleman, I mean that in all positive ways possible. Capt. Brown hearkens back to a period in civil aviation when 'civil' meant polite, courteous, and mannerly as much as it meant about the civilian side of aviation. I remember that period, before deregulation. Flying itself was as much a part of the adventure as the destination. Today's civil aviation has reduced the commercial airliner to little more than a bus with wings, and that's giving today's buses a bad name. I was more comfortable traveling on Greyhound than couch on Southwest's 737.
There was a fair amount of good-natured ribbing between my dad and my uncle, who flew for Southern Airways. My uncle flew long enough to become a part of Republic through the merger of Southern and North Central Airlines. My uncle continued to fly through the merger of Republic and Northwest Orient to form Northwest. He retired as a captain from Northwest in the early 2000s. In 2008 Delta purchased Northest.
As I wrote earlier, the museum, small as it may be, deserves a bit better overall documentation than what I gave it this past weekend. I've been invited out again, so I'll be working on what and how to shoot over the next few months.
I used the E-P2 and the E-PL2 inside the museum for the detail shots. In particular I use the E-PL2 with the M.Zuiko 45mm for all portrait shots, two of which you see above. I had turned on Face Priority in the menus (Detail Menu > DISP/Sound/PC > Face Priority). The facial recognition software in the E-PL2 also "looks" for the eyes as a focus point within the face. Every photograph I took with the 45mm was dead on with regards to focus. This body and lens will be my go-to camera in the future for portraiture.